Ducati unveiled exciting new metal at the recent Milan Show, leaving the updated Monster 1200 S in the sidelines.
Perhaps that’s because we’ve got nothing ground-breaking here. It’s still the 1200 S, right? Nope. Bologna has given their big Monster a seriously thoughtful refresh for 2017. Here are our top picks.
1. More Power!
Ducati has employed the latest (Euro4 compliant) version of the Testastretta 11o DS powerplant, which is near identical to the unit on the premium Monster 1200 R model. The new motor pumps power up to a claimed 150bhp at 9250rpm, 5bhp more than the outgoing S (and 15 more than the outgoing stocker).
2. New electronics
The Monster’s braking set-up is now complemented by a Ducati Wheelie Control System and posh Bosch Cornering ABS derived from the Panigale. The added security of the smart ABS is welcomed, as it reduces the risk of a low-side.
3. Extra goodies
Another treat from the Panigale is a quick-shifter as standard. It also gets a new headlight with daytime running lights, LED indicators, and a snazzy exhaust which has been pinched of the premium R model.
4. Thoughtful changes
When MCN rode the outgoing model on the 2014 launch, our main gripe was with the awful pillion peg position, which obstructs the rider’s heel. Ducati has separated the arrangement and pulled it back- now offering plenty of room. We’re also treated to a fuel gauge and gear indicator on the freshly updated TFT screen (better late than never).
5. Sleeker design
Ducati reckon they’ve made the Monster even more agile and improved the handling by shortening the wheelbase and swingarm and raising the seat height by 10mm (seat height has two easily adjustable settings). They’ve also slimmed everything down. The tank has gone on a diet and lost a litre from its capacity and the tail unit has been shortened and looks sportier. It’s an all-round more compact and sleeker machine. There are also sweet finishing touches like a ski-boot-clip on the tank, which harks back to the original 1992 Monster.
The updated Monster 1200 S comes in either red (£14,295) or grey £14,495.
The standard Monster 1200 has also been updated and is priced at £11,495. It gets the same updated engine as the S model, which gives it a 15bhp increase over the outgoing model, but it does miss out on the S model’s trick bits.
Both models are expected in dealers January 2017.
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